Progressive myoclonic epilepsy
Other Names for this Disease
- Familial progressive myoclonic epilepsy
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central nervous system and representing more than a dozen different diseases. These diseases share certain features, including a worsening of symptoms over time and the presence of both muscle contractions (myoclonus) and seizures (epilepsy). PME is different from myoclonic epilepsy. Other features include dementia, dystonia, and trouble walking or speaking. These rare disorders often get worse over time and sometimes are fatal. Many of these PME diseases begin in childhood or adolescence.Progressive myoclonus epilepsy (PME) refers to a group of inherited conditions involving the
Last updated: 5/19/2011
- Progressive myoclonic epilepsy. National Organizations for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2008; http://www.rarediseases.org/rare-disease-information/rare-diseases/byID/781/viewAbstract. Accessed 5/19/2011.
- Myoclonus Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). November 2010; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myoclonus/detail_myoclonus.htm. Accessed 5/19/2011.
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